These must read classics will change your life, and help you achieve success. I have personally read them all and know that if studied and applied diligently these timeless principles will transform your life.
Written long before my lifetime this was my first life changing book. It is full of timeless wisdom on the mindset that creates success in life.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill: “Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 in Wise County, Virginia. . . His work stands as a monument to individual achievement and is the cornerstone of modern motivation. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich, is one of the best-selling books of all time. Hill established the Foundation as a nonprofit educational institution whose mission is to perpetuate his philosophy of leadership, self-motivation, and individual achievement.”
Even SMART goals won’t get you where you want to be without good habits. This book along with learning to use a planner increased my productivity and organizational skills.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. . . Before you can adopt the seven habits, you’ll need to accomplish what Covey calls a “paradigm shift”–a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your “proactive muscles” (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more. This isn’t a quick-tips-start-tomorrow kind of book. The concepts are sometimes intricate, and you’ll want to study this book, not skim it. When you finish, you’ll probably have Post-it notes or hand-written annotations in every chapter.
These 16 principles known as the Laws of Success have taken great men in history from rags to riches. So I’m willing to let them do the same for me. Principles belong to God. They work!
The Law of Success is the golden key to Hill’s thought–his complete and unabridged mind-power method for achieving your goals. After interviewing dozens of industrialists, diplomats, thought leaders, and successful people from all walks of life, the young Hill distilled what he learned into these fifteen core lessons, organized with an introductory chapter, ‘The Master Mind,’ that serves as a primer to Hill’s overall philosophy.
Face it, being a manipulative, pushy, know-it-all won’t help you sell yourself. This book will teach you to effectively relate and communicate so you can win people and move your cause forward for success in work, life and relationships.
“How to Win Friends and Influence People by Carnegie . . . emphasizes fundamental techniques for handling people without making them feel manipulated. Carnegie says you can make someone want to do what you want them to by seeing the situation from the other person’s point of view and “arousing in the other person an eager want.” You learn how to make people like you, win people over to your way of thinking, and change people without causing offense or arousing resentment.”